Illustration by Julien Tromeur
We’ve all been there: in the middle of a seriously stellar sweat session, and BOOM! A muscle cramp attacks. Whether you’re plagued by charley horses or a pesky stitch in your side, here are a few preventive measures.
- Stay hydrated. Studies conflict on whether H2O is the answer, but fending off dehydration could help — and it certainly won’t hurt.
- Get those vitamins. Whether you get ’em through sports drinks, bananas, or a multivitamin, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamins B, D, and E could all help fight cramps.
- Jump around. Workouts involving explosive movements like jumping (a.k.a. plyometrics) could help keep nerves from tiring and causing those cramps.
- Warm up and cool down. A full warm-up and cool-down, including stretching, could keep cramps at bay.
The Takeaway: Muscle cramps can quickly put a kink in your workout. Try these tips to prevent them, and read on for ways to get rid of them once they start.
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